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October 5, 2016

5 Low Calorie Meals To Enjoy This Festival Season

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The festivals are round the corner and every foodie knows how hard it is to cut on calories, especially people who are on strict diet plans. But there is nothing to worry. Few simple changes and creative innovations will help all those people enjoy the great food without having to go through the guilty conscience. Here are 5 such low calorie recipes which will be great alternatives to the high-calorie food we normally eat during festivals.

#1  Cauliflower and Oats Tikki

Calorie Content: 35Kcal in each Tikki

Normally we associate tikkis with loads of assortments and essentially potato. But in this recipe the key ingredient used is low-calorie cauliflower along with fiber- rich oats.

Ingredients Required:

  • 2 cups finely chopped and blanched cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 3 1/4 tsp oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped and boiled french beans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped and boiled carrots
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped mint leaves (pudina)
  • 1 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • salt to taste


  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a non-stick pan and sauté the onions for 2minutes on a medium flame.
  • Remove the onion from the pan. Add the cauliflower, French beans and carrot in a bowl and smash them as with a potato smasher or simply use the back of a spoon.
  • Add all the other ingredients in the bowl and set aside for 10 minutes for the oat to soak up the flavor.
  • Divide it into equal portions, and flatten them to give the shape of a tikki.
  • Grease the non-stick pan with ¼ tsp of oil and slowly cook them till they turn crispy and golden brown in color.
  • Serve with mint and coriander chutni.

You could replace cauliflower with one of these zero-calorie foods as well.

#2 Chatpata Chawli and Fruit Salad

Calorie content: 110kcal per serving

This is a quick and nutritious way to give the boring salad a fun twist using Chawli or Black-eyed beans.


  • 1 cup soaked and boiled small chawli
  • 1/2 cup black grapes , cut into halves
  • 1/2 cup orange segments , cut into halves
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate (anar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Wheat Germs
  • salt to taste


  • Mix all the ingredients well and toss them in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle wheat germs and serve.

#3 Chinese Fried Rice

Calorie Content: 149calories per serving

Rice is something healthy eaters normally avoid in case they are dieting. So the twist for this recipe is to use more of vegetables and use brown rice instead of white, polished rice and use minimal oil.


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chili
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced capsicum
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped spring onions whites
  • 3/4 cup parboiled French beans , cut diagonally
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced parboiled carrot
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped spring onion greens
  • salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan and sauté green chilies, capsicum and spring onion whites at high flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add French beans, beans sprout, carrot and celery to the pan; mix well with other ingredients and sauté them again for a minute or two.
  • Add the pre-cooked brown, soy sauce and spring onion green and mix them well. Add salt and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

#4 Masale Chole

Calorie content: 115Kcal

Who doesn’t like chole? But chole is traditionally prepared with lot of oil. This healthier version makes no use of oil at all and yet tastes delicious.


  • 3/4 cup boiled potato cubes
  • 2 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp garlic (lehsun) paste
  • 2 tsp ginger (adrak) juliennes
  • 2 tsp chole masala
  • 2 cups soaked and boiled Kabuli chana (white chick peas)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp black salt (sanchal)
  • 1/2 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander (dhania) for the garnish


  • Heat the non-stick pan and dry roast the potatoes till golden brown. Keep them aside.
  • Add green chili paste, garlic paste and ginger and dry roast them as well. Stir continuously and sprinkle some water if the mixture starts to burn.
  • Add the kabuli chana, potatoes, tomatoes, chana masala, black salt, dried mango powder, salt and ½ cup of water and cook for 7-8 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve.

#5 Chocolate Sandesh

Calorie content: 39kcal per Sandesh

A festival without sweets is no festival at all. And when it comes to sweet our first choice will always be a sweet from Bengal.  This low-fat version of sandesh is absolutely a delight for everyone and is very easy to prepare.


  • 1 cup freshly made low-fat paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 tbsp sugar substitute
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence


  • Mix the low fat cottage cheese and sugar substitute in a bowl till there are no lumps.
  • Add the cocoa powder and vanilla essence and mix it well.
  • Divide the portion into small, equal balls and slightly flatten the.
  • Refrigerate it for around 30 minutes and then serve.

Read also: 5 Authentic Bengal Desserts You Must Try

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